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This paper, presented at the 2002 Physics Education Research conference, describes a study conducted to investigate small-group discussions in an inquiry-based middle school science classroom in order to determine the group and individual factors that provide support (or not) for students' sense-making discussions. Two groups were videotaped and a six-component framework was used to identify and categorize instances of sense-making: predicting; clarifying facts; describing and explaining a phenomenon or experimental result; defining, describing, clarifying, and connecting scientific concepts, procedures, processes, and representations; testing knowledge compatibility; and making requests for any of the above. Analysis revealed that there were differences in sense-making discussion across both groups and individual students. Differences across groups are explained in terms of group obligations and expectations, collaboration, and leadership. Differences across students are explained in terms of learning and social goals, science interest, work preferences, and ability.
Physics Education Research Conference 2002
Part of the PER Conference Contributed Non-peer-reviewed Paper series
Boise, Idaho: August 7-8, 2002
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
- Middle School
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© 2002 Cody Sandifer
Keywords:
PERC 2002, force, inquiry based learning, motion, small-group discussions
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Metadata instance created September 27, 2006 by Lyle Barbato
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May 29, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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August 7, 2002
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C. Sandifer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho, 2002, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4294&DocID=1154).
AJP/PRST-PER
C. Sandifer, Factors Influencing Middle School Students' Sense-Making Discussions during their Small-Group Investigations of Force/Motion, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho, 2002, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4294&DocID=1154>.
APA Format
Sandifer, C. (2002, August 7-8). Factors Influencing Middle School Students' Sense-Making Discussions during their Small-Group Investigations of Force/Motion. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4294&DocID=1154
Chicago Format
Sandifer, Cody. "Factors Influencing Middle School Students' Sense-Making Discussions during their Small-Group Investigations of Force/Motion." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho, August 7-8, 2002. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4294&DocID=1154 (accessed 25 October 2014).
MLA Format
Sandifer, Cody. "Factors Influencing Middle School Students' Sense-Making Discussions during their Small-Group Investigations of Force/Motion." Physics Education Research Conference 2002. Ed. Marx , Jeffrey. Boise, Idaho: 2002. of PER Conference Contributed Non-peer-reviewed Paper. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4294&DocID=1154>.
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